The Most Expensive Art Collection To Ever Sell At Auction | Forbes

A trove of artwork amassed by real estate tycoon Harry Macklowe and his ex-wife Linda during their nearly six-decade marriage brought in a combined $922.2 million at Sotheby’s over the last six months, setting a record for the most expensive art collection to ever sell at auction.

Rothko’s “Untitled” painting from 1960—which had never before been displayed in public before the sale—fetched $48 million and was the most expensive piece of artwork auctioned Monday.

Another star of the sale was one of Warhol’s final works: A self-portrait that was completed just months before the artist’s death in 1987 that sold for $18.7 million.

Combined, the two sales surpassed the $832 million record set by the late banker David Rockefeller and his wife Peggy in 2018 when their collection was auctioned off for charity, Sotheby’s said.

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